Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Cartographers take a position

At the Times, Elisabetta Povoledo on an Italian company that makes custom globes:
For mapmakers like Nova Rico, geographic disputes are commonplace. For a Turkish customer, Cyprus is shown split in two, a division that Greek Cypriots do not recognize. On one globe, Chile is given parts of Antarctica that on another globe go to Argentina. And in much of the Arab world, Israel is nonexistent.
Something uncanny, too, about the illustration (don't globes remind you of glass eyes?!?):

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